Thesaurus

rasp

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rasp

  1. a harsh grating sound the rusted lock opened with a rasp Synonyms of rasp creak, grind, jar, scrape, scratch Words Related to rasp clang, clangor, clank, clash, jangle; scuff; croak, gargle; blast, bleat, bray, screech


rasp

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rasp

  1. 1 to make smooth by friction after sawing the board in half, rasp the ends to remove any splinters Synonyms of rasp buff, file, hone, grind, rub, sandWords Related to rasp plane, scrape; sandblast, scour; burnish, dress, gloss, polish, shine, smooth; edge, hone, sharpen, strop, whet; regrindNear Antonyms of rasp coarsen, rough (up), roughen, scuff

  2. 2 to pass roughly and noisily over or against a surface the sound of fingernails rasping on the blackboard makes me cringe Synonyms of rasp grate, grind, scrape, scratchWords Related to rasp rub; groan, whineNear Antonyms of rasp glide, skate, slide

  3. 3 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts the two siblings seemed intent on rasping each other for the entire car trip Synonyms of rasp aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, irritate, rile, ruffle, spite, vexWords Related to rasp hassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrageNear Antonyms of rasp appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe

  4. 4 to damage or diminish by continued friction during the last ice age, glaciers rasped the surface, leaving the deeply scarred rock Synonyms of rasp chafe, corrade, erode, fray, frazzle, fret, gall, abrade, rub, wearWords Related to rasp file, gnaw, grate, graze, grind, nibble, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scuff, shave; erase, reduce, rub out, wear out, wipe (away); bite, break down, break up, chew, corrode, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve, eat; hone, sharpen, whet



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rasp? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to provide what is needed to exist

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!